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Rajgir

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Rajgir, meaning “ the Royal Palace ”, (Raja Griha) lies 12 kms south of Patna . Rajgir is a site of great sanctity and significance for Buddhists. 

Today, Rajgir is a picturesque and serene place, visited by pilgrims from all over the globe. It has also gained recognition as a health resort, thanks to the famous hot springs.Rajgir is also known as Panchpahari with shrines on five hills.

 

The Gridhakuta Hill, in Rajgir, was the seat from where Buddha delivered many of his sermons. It was here that the teachings of Buddha were recorded in writing for the first time. An aerial ropeway takes visitors up the hill where the Japanese have built a beautiful Stupa.

Many sites of historical and archaeological significance surround the holy city of Rajgir . Bimbisara Jail reminds one of the devoted Mauryan King Bimbisara (5th-6th Century B.C.) who, being a Buddhist, chose this as a place to spend his lat days. From here he could see Buddha climbing up the Grihakuta Hill to do his meditation.

Ajatashatru’s Fort is another place of tourist attraction. The sculpture which depicts the ‘Parinirvana’, or the ‘great cessation’ of Buddha is another monument of artistic and historical importance. It shows the Buddha lying on his right resting under his head to commemorate the final salvation or ‘Mukti’, of the great founder of the Buddhist Faith.

Other prominent sites of importance at Rajgir include Saptdhara, the hot springs which supposedly have healing power; Venuvan Vihara, the residence built by the king Bimbisara for Buddha; Jivaka’s Mango grove, residence of an ardent Buddhist follower, Jivak who was a surgeon; and the Karanda Tank, bathing site of Lord Buddha. Also the first Buddhist Council was convened here, at the Saptaparni Cave , after the Mahaparinirvana of Buddha.

Excursion 

Pawapuri: ( 35 km. )

Pawapuri is also known as Apapuri, is a sacred Jain pilgrim centre. Jalmandir, a marble temple in the centre of a big lotus tank, is the biggest attraction ... The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavir, the last and 24th Tirthankar of the Jain religion. There is a long bridge (over 40 ft long and 4 ft in width) inside the tank for reaching the temple. The surroundings of the temple are furnished by a well-kept garden.

Bihar Sharif: ( 25 km. )

Bihar Sharif was once the capital of the Muslim Governors of Bihar between 13th and 16th centuries & is famous Makhdum Shah Sharif-ud-din,tomb a Muslim saint of 14th century. 

when the city was an active cultural center and an important seat of Muslim thought and learning.  

Nalanda  ( 10 km. )

Where ruins of the great ancient centre of learning which reached its zenith between 5th and 12th

The best time to visit :-  The best time to visit Rajgir is between October to March

How To Get There Rajgir is located in Bihar
By Air  
The nearest airport is Patna (90 kms).
By Train 
The nearest railhead is Gaya
By Road 
Well connected , Patna lies 102 kms & Gaya 34 kms from here is  

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